Marvelous M2 Manhart

  1. The Manhart Legacy
  2. Reimagined By Octane House
  3. Onwards & Beyond
1. The Manhart Legacy
It’s no secret that we love bimmers, here at Tunedside, and more than that, we love tuned bimmers, especially from a powerhouse like Manhart. I’ll come right in the open and admit that they’re in my top three tuners for quite some years now, so you can imagine the joy I had when our friends from Octane House invited us to showcase their little jewel.
The M2 sported the 3.0L turbo N55 engine between 2015 and 2018, and Manhart fiddled around with it, to bring its performance to some insane numbers for that period of time. Actually, the car was bought directly from Manhart with a catless downpipe and a Stage 2 software remap. All these made the beastly coupe deliver 430 HP and 592 Nm (from an already whopping 326 HP and 450 Nm).
Apart from having a history of over 35 years in the business, Manhart have created their own unique style in tuning cars and the golden stripes strike a pose wherever they go. And that’s all fine, the brand is well established and we might do a full coverage at their shop someday. But what happens when what seems to be enough is not enough anymore?
2. Reimagined By Octane House
Enter Octane House, an up-and-coming Romanian tuning house that will most likely be the brand behind some pretty interesting projects in the years to come. They’ve decided that the already enhanced M2 was not enough, and went on with adding some tweaks of their own, to give it that exclusive feel and look that it has today.
First and foremost, everything that was a bolt-on element was individually changed: charge pipe, intercooler pipe, intercooler, blow-off, air intake, exhaust (thanks to the colleagues from Racebox), strut bar, stud conversion, and metallic brake pipes. So, mind yourself, this wasn’t a simple “let’s make it sound louder” type of project, but a huge overall remake, that probably brought some tens of HP above the initial performance numbers.
When it comes to the design, things got pretty changed as well. All the interior elements were swapped with M Performance ones, after which a set of M2 Competition seats came in place. The final touch was a full recolor, with Inozetek Vintage Racing Green wrap, done by hand right in the Octane House shop. Some loved the former black or purple colors, I personally think the green suits it better.
3. Onwards & Beyond
When a newcomer takes on an already well-built project, such as the M2 Manhart, especially in such a demanding industry, it might be more than a caprice, but a bold statement that they mean business and by delivering such a wonderful machine, we tend to believe them. I’m pretty sure this is not the last project we’ll be seeing from the Octane House people.
Is there more to add to this already amazing little sports coupe? Hard to say, but nowadays, one can never tell. Track-oriented as it may be, the featured M2 was and is a daily driven machine, meant to be enjoyed and built to bring great experiences.
As we drove back from the amazing location we had for the day, the hurling roar of the angry bimmer was a reminder of why we’re in this industry altogether, whether we’re doing media, tune-ups, restorations, or something else. It’s because we see these small things on four wheels as more than just a means of transportation, but as projects in which we invest a little bit of ourselves, every time we create one.
Written by: Mihai Dumitrescu - Instagram
Photographed by: Ana Dumitrescu - Instagram